Miles Davis, 'The Complete Columbia Album Collection'
Looking for miles of Miles? Miles for days?
Look no further than The Complete Columbia Album Collection, which, like the title says, compiles all of the albums jazz legend Miles Davis released on Columbia during his tenure from 1955-1985.
Before I go any further, reader, take a second and guess how many CDs are included in this boxed set?
OK, that would be 70. All of Miles' 52 officially released Columbia albums are included, as well as a previously unreleased 1970 Isle of Wight concert and lots of bonus tracks--all packaged in Japanese-style mini-LP jackets.
Far and away Miles' most significant work was done for Columbia, and includes his mid-'50s post-bop phase; his landmark venture into modal experimentation, which culminated in the historic Kind of Blue (1959); his eminently fruitful period in the mid '60s with his Great Quintet (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Ron Carter); the entirety of his sometimes messy electric period, beginning in the late 1960s with the sublime In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew and ending with the barely listenable Agharta and Pangaea.There's also his final, uneven spell of six 1980s records, which took a decidedly commercial direction.